ISO 9001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for companies’ quality management systems. The national standards bodies of more than 160 countries comprise the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and more than 1 million organizations across the world have applied ISO 9001 requirements to their management systems.
Organizations that have attained ISO 9001 are essentially proving their ability to provide consistently high-quality products and services that meet all relevant customer and regulatory requirements; this positions these businesses as leaders in their fields and shows they are committed to constant improvement. The Rodon Group is proud to announce that we have recently earned ISO 9001:2015 certification, the ISO’s newest standard.
What is the difference between the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 9001:2008 certifications?
ISO 9001:2015, released in September 2015, is an upgrade from the previous standard, ISO 9001:2008, which was released in November 2008. Companies currently certified under ISO 9001:2008 have until September 2018 to upgrade their management systems for compliance with the new standard.
To ensure ISO certification remains useful, relevant, and timely, the standards are reviewed every five years and revised as needed. The most noticeable change in this iteration is its structure: ISO 9001:2015 now follows the same overall structure as other ISO management system standards; this specific structuring is referred to as High-Level Structure (HLS). This, plus the simplified language and terms provided, make the standards easier to navigate for companies using multiple management systems.
There’s also an emphasis on risk-based thinking, as well as a greater emphasis on leadership engagement. Focus is placed on organizational risks and opportunities and more efficient supply chain management. The new standard is also much more user-friendly for service- and knowledge-based organizations. The ISO 9001:2015 standard is centered on seven quality management principles: customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach, improvement, evidence-based decision making, and relationship management.
Why is ISO 9001 so important?
Achieving ISO 9001 certification offers a number of benefits to both companies and clients alike. For instance, some customers will only do business with vendors that are ISO 9001 certified; companies without this certification often find themselves left behind and outshone by the competition, so achieving certification can make a huge difference when targeting and attracting new buyers. ISO 9001 also allows for improved quality within an entire organization — for every process and every product. That means far fewer complaints, improved company reputation, and more efficient, timely operations. And this, of course, allows for improved product consistency, ensuring clients receive the best possible solutions.
Attaining ISO 9001 certification also allows companies to learn more about their own business, as they must clearly identify and describe their processes using business metrics. Employees are more empowered, as they are provided with clear expectations, better tools to do their jobs, and prompt feedback on their performance, while high-level workers become more integrated into the everyday workings of the company. Required internal, registration, surveillance and self-process audits help ensure the company stays focused while significantly reducing process waste.
As a leading plastic injection molding company specializing in high-volume orders, The Rodon Group understands the importance of a strong quality management system, and we’re proud to be ISO 9001:2015 certified. Our early ISO 9001:2015 certification has allowed us to immediately implement new quality control processes — in turn allowing for a smoother, more efficient work space, as well as improved product quality and reliability for all of our customers.